Cowboys SLB Justin Durant exited Week 8 against the Redskins with an arm injury.
He's been ruled out for the rest of the game. Durant has missed some time this season, but has been a key member of this underrated defense when he has been in there. Durant is a top-12 4-3 outside linebacker at Pro Football Focus.
Tony Romo was forced from Monday night's Week 8 game against the Redskins with a back injury.
The Cowboys' worst nightmare? Romo took a knee to the back from Redskins ILB Keenan Robinson on a third-and-long sack. Redskins DC Jim Haslett has been bringing the heat all night with the blitz, and they've been hitting home. On this particular play, Robinson was left unblocked and twisted Romo to the turf. Upon arrival to the quarterback, Robinson's knee hit Romo right in the back where he had offseason surgery for a disc issue. Romo laid on the turf for a couple minutes before getting up with assistance from the training staff and gingerly walking to the locker room. Brandon Weeden is in the game. Romo completed 13-of-21 passes for 183 yards and one touchdown to Dez Bryant before leaving.
Stepfan Taylor (calf) is expected to miss 2-4 weeks.
Taylor is in a walking boot. Marion Grice will take over as Andre Ellington's top backup, and could hold the job even when Taylor returns from injury. Ellington is handling 22.2 touches per game.
Cowboys declared RT Doug Free, DE Jack Crawford, QB Dustin Vaughan, S Jakar Hamilton, DT Davon Coleman, LB Keith Smith, and OT Donald Hawkins inactive for Monday night's Week 8 game against the Redskins.
Jermey Parnell will make another start at right tackle in place of Free (foot).
Robert Griffin III (ankle) is inactive for Monday night's Week 8 game against the Cowboys.
Colt McCoy will get the start, as expected. There's belief RGIII has a good chance to return for Week 9 against the Vikings. The Dallas defense is an elite streaming option Monday night. Also inactive for the Redskins are RT Tyler Polumbus, WR Aldrich Robinson, CB Greg Ducre, OLB Jackson Jeffcoat, OL Spencer Long, and DE Clifton Geathers.
ESPN Chicago's Michael C. Wright reports Lions DT Nick Fairley sprained his MCL and PCL and will be sidelined 4-5 weeks.
We'd call that good news after SI's Peter King offered a grim report earlier Monday morning, hinting it could be a season-ender. The Lions will hope to get Fairley back for the stretch run and in time for a playoff push. It's also good news for Fairley on a personal level, as he's in a contract year and could ill-afford a lengthy rehab. In the meantime, the Lions will turn to C.J. Mosley and Caraun Reid next to Ndamukong Suh.
Coach Jeff Fisher confirmed Brian Quick (shoulder) needs season-ending surgery.
Quick dislocated his shoulder and tore his rotator cuff in the second quarter of Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. After a red-hot start to the season, Quick had slowed down in recent weeks, but had showed he's a legitimate No. 1 receiver for an offensively-challenged Rams team. Look for Stedman Bailey to step in as the starter opposite Kenny Britt over the final nine weeks. Quick has one year left on his rookie deal.
Coach Jim Harbaugh confirmed Monday that Marcus Lattimore (knee, NFI) will practice Wednesday.
The 49ers will start Lattimore's 21-day window to be activated to the 53-man roster. They're expected to evaluate him for the full three weeks, so it'd be a stretch to expect Lattimore to make his NFL debut anytime before Week 12. Lattimore is coming off one of the worst knee injuries we've ever seen in football. Any contributions the 49ers get in 2014 would be a plus. Lattimore has an opportunity to show the 49ers they can count on him to be a part of the 2015 offense with Frank Gore in the final year of his deal.